Bopanna and his Japanese partner lost 4: 6: 6: 7 (0) to the Korean wildcard pair in one hour and 17 minutes.
Published: February 10, 2021 12:18 PM |
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MELBOURNE: India had to accept a second disappointing result in a row at the Australian Open. Rohan Bopanna and Ben McLachlan were eliminated in men’s doubles on Wednesday after a narrow loss to Ji Sung Nam and Min-Kyu Song.
Bopanna and his Japanese partner lost 4-6-6-7 in one hour and 17 minutes (0) against the Korean wildcard pair.
Not having enough court time due to severe quarantine seemed to affect Bopanna’s severity.
Bopanna had spent 14 days in his room and didn’t come out until January 30th to get into the tuning event only to lose his opening round with Frederik Nielsen.
The Indian didn’t have enough time to prepare for the first major of the season.
Bopanna lost his serve in the opening set and that first break stayed with the Korean players, who precisely executed their plan for the first set.
It was expected that it would be easy for the Indo-Japanese pair, but the good chemistry of the lower-ranking Koreans helped theirs Showing strength , made it difficult for them.
Bopanna and McLachlan struggled to return when Song and Nam lightly crushed the volley winners to stay ahead.
McLachlan failed to volley into the tie-breaker and hit his bat on the court in frustration. He narrowly escaped injury when his racket bounced off the pitch and hit him in the head.
India now has Divij Sharan (men’s doubles) and debutante Ankita Raina (women doubles) in the fight.
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